Apply to the Bloomberg Initiative Grant Program

Apply to the Bloomberg Initiative Grant Program

Deadline: July 22, 2016

The Bloomberg Initiative is a global initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. It was launched in 2006 with funds from Michael R. Bloomberg. A competitively awarded grants program is an important part of the Initiative. The grants program supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact evidence-based tobacco control interventions.

The grants program is managed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. In the first eighteen rounds of the grants program, 195 grants were approved in 53 countries.


  • Proposals can be submitted for grants from US$50,000 up to a maximum amount of US$500,000. Short-term, one-year or two-year project proposals will be considered. Funding levels should be consistent with the scope and capacity of your organization. Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.


  • While applications are welcome from all low- and middle-income countries (as categorized by the World Bank), the Initiative places a priority on countries with the greatest number of tobacco users. Approximately two-thirds of the world’s tobacco users live in fourteen countries: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Ukraine, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam;
  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations based in eligible countries can apply for grants;
    • Governmental organizations include, but are not limited to, national Ministries, state/provincial authorities and affiliate offices;
    • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with relevant advocacy experience aimed at changing or implementing policies including but not limited to civil society organizations and educational institutions;
  • Applicants must be recognized legal registered entities capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds and assuming legal and financial obligations;
  • NGO applicants cannot be the recipients of financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer;
  • The grants program does not fund individuals;
  • If you are a current BI grantee please discuss the development of your Project Idea with your assigned technical advisor or program officer before submitting.

Application Process

  • Applicants should first submit a short “Project Idea” using the online system;
  • Applicants may submit more than one Project Idea, however, duplicate proposals will be deemed ineligible;
  • The deadline for submitting Project Ideas is 12:00 hours, US Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5 hours) on Friday, July 22, 2016 (please check here to see what time that is in your country).
  • Applications will only be accepted in English.

For more information, visit Bloomberg Initiative To Reduce Tobacco Use Grant Program.